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EXPLAINED: How easy is it for a Brit to take their Spanish driving test?

BRITISH expat Mike Sedgwick shared his personal experience of taking the Spanish driving test after finding himself among the thousands of Brits left unable to drive legally in Spain due to delays in striking a post-Brexit bilateral deal on driving licence recognition. “I couldn’t wait for the bureaucracy to be agreed on driving licence exchange …

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DISPATCH: The ‘loca fiesta’ of San Juan returns to Spain’s Andalucian spa town of Lanjaron in La Alpujarra

SPAIN is known for some oddball fiestas that go way beyond enjoying drinks and music with friends in the village plaza. While the town of Buñol in Valencia celebrates its annual ‘La Tomatina’ tomato fight, and Pamplona hosts the Running of the Bulls – where participants are sometimes gored, and 16 have been killed since …

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Harry Redknapp surprises punters at popular expat haunt in Duquesa on Spain’s Costa del Sol 

EXPATS at Ryder’s Bar in Puerto de la Duquesa on the Costa del Sol were surprised to discover a famous punter in their midst as they enjoyed an afternoon pint in the port when Harry Redknapp showed up.  The former Premier League footballer and manager who won ITV’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! …

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Sleeping homeless couple get flammable liquid thrown over faces in street in Spain’s Barcelona

A homeless Barcelona couple have been treated for minor facial burns after flammable liquid was thrown at them while they were sleeping in the street. Police have arrested a homeless man over the assault. The couple were attacked at around 8.00 am on Friday on Calle Cervello in the Raval district of Barcelona which has …

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Spain warns of possible Russian cyberattack to coincide with NATO summit in Madrid

SPAIN’S defence minister has warned there’s a chance of a Russian-originated cyberattack to coincide with next week’s NATO summit in Madrid. On a visit to an army base on Friday, Margarita Robles was asked by journalists whether she feared a cyberattack and what measures were being taken to combat it. Robles said: “For security reasons, …

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Why stickers in Gibraltar are telling people to ‘Ask for Clive’

A SCHEME to create a more welcoming environment for the LGBTQ+ community in Gibraltar will invite people to ‘Ask for Clive’. Stickers with the slogan on a rainbow background have appeared at venues and businesses across the Rock in the run up to Gibraltar’s Pride celebrations on Saturday June 25. “So far, more than a …

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Gang that sold guns on black market arrested on Spain’s Costa del Sol

EIGHT people have been arrested in Malaga for illegally selling guns. The Guardia Civil arrested eight people involved in a network that sold 21 rifles, 14 shotguns, six carbine rifles and a handgun on the black market. Suspicions were raised when it emerged that weapons had been bought in large numbers using legitimate gun licences. …

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IN PICTURES: Beach clear up after San Juan revellers leave behind heaps of rubbish on Spain’s Costa del Sol

THE big clear up got underway on Friday morning to clean beaches left littered with rubbish after the San Juan celebrations of the night before. The scenes are the same every year on beaches across Spain as the sand is covered is the detritus of plastic and glass bottles from parties held on La Noche …

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Call for security guards as health centre staff on Spain’s Costa Blanca suffer rising abuse from angry patients

RISING cases of verbal and physical assaults on Torrevieja area health centre staff has led to calls for better security. Unions are demanding security guards to protect workers at facilities that are open for 24 hours. They fear incidents will rise over the summer holiday period as the local population swells with the arrival of …

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